In my mailbox #4

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In My Mailbox is a meme originally created by The Story Siren.

These are the new arrivals to my shelves. They’re used books bought in Oxfam and Women’s Aid Society. I’ve been curious about Libba Bray’s books for a while now. People always tell me good things about the trilogy and I had A Great and Terrible Beauty in my list for some time, but was always avoiding it. It’s funny when sometimes we have books in our wishlists that we want to read and, when the time comes, we just pretend they are not there and move on to the next. So, this week I just took the chance and brought The Diviners home with me. I hope I did well and won’t get disappointed.

The Paris Wife was also on my wishlist and I think I’ll like it very much. The other book with the incredibly long title… Well, I still don’t know how it managed to come home with me. I have never heard of it before and I’m still not sure of what’s the story really about. I do know that it is a teen’s fantasy book about a girl who circumnavigated fairyland in a ship of her own making, (quite obvious, isn’t it?).Probably is a teen fantasy novel. I guess it must have been the title… *I have a weakness for long titles starting with “The girl…”*

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

The Diviners, by Libba Bray

In my mailbox #3 (and some notes about used books)

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Let’s welcome this week’s new arrivals to my shelves! I must confess that most of them were bought by pure impulse, but I’m very happy with all of them.These lovelies are used books, result of my weekly treasure hunt.

You may have noticed that most of my In My Mailbox posts feature used books. In fact, about 70% of my shelves are composed of used books. Of course, they are extremely cheap, and when you read/buy lots of books it might be a good way to reduce expenses. Nevertheless, that’s not the only reason why I prefer used books. To be honest, when most people love the touch and smell of a brand new book, I have this romantic feeling about old books. It’s like the book has a story to share on every little reading marks it carries. Sometimes, while I’m reading an used book, I try to imagine what the previous unknown reader felt while he/she read it. If you’re lucky, you might even find some tear stains, marking the emotion of another person forever in those pages. Anyway, I digress.

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The Physician, Noah Gordon

The Painted Man, Peter V. Brett

The Woman in Black, Susan Hill

Before I go to Sleep, S. J. Watson

Cry Wolf, Patricia Briggs

The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

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(In My Mailbox is a meme originally created by The Story Siren)

In my mailbox #2

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For the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to contain my bookaholic urges and I’ve been more or less sucessful in my endeavors. However, this is what happened after a recent visit to my next-door charity shops, which always have a small basket with used books to sell. These lovelies are used books that look brand new. They are now carefully tucked in their little bookshelf beds, with their brothers and sisters.

Girl Reading sounds like the perfect book for all book lovers, since it’s a story about books and reading. On the other hand, Birds Without Wings seems to be one of those epic tales of love and war that I like to read and get lost in, once in a while. Treasure Island is in my wishlist since ever! Hope it won’t disappoint.

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 Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernières

Girl Reading, by Katie Ward

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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(In My Mailbox is a meme originally created by The Story Siren)

In my mailbox #1

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My greatest passion besides reading books… is to buy books. Or just borrow them from the local library. So, I decided to follow this weekly meme that I love to read in other blogs. This way, I can share with you the books that recently arrived to my home.

Today I had a wonderful surprise before leaving to work. I’ve received my order and these precious lovelies finally joined my shelf. They are used books bought in AwesomeBooks.com.

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The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss, was a recommendation from a friend of mine. I trust her completely when it comes to books and reading choices, so I ordered the book without even paying much attention to the synopsis. Let’s hope my trust is well placed!

Next, we have three books I’ve been wanting to read since ever: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Emmingway, and Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. I’m very excited to try Ernest Emmingway. Hope this is a good book to start with.

Have you read any of these books? Would you like to? Did you receive any recent books in your mailbox? Feel free to share and make suggestion. I do love them. 🙂

In My Mailbox is a meme originally created by The Story Siren.